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$1,000 scholarship for three years to Trenton HS student

June 29, 2020—Congratulations to Amy Hookimaw, a student at Trenton High School who is one of five recipients of the Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship through the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

The $1,000 scholarship is being awarded to one recipient in each of OPSBA’s five regions, for three school years: 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Scholarship recipients are students of strong character, leadership skills and potential, who care deeply about their communities and furthering their own learning.

More information about this scholarship

The funds were established from an organization with a core purpose to determine values for properties, which is the foundation for our property tax system in Ontario. This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing an apprenticeship in the trades, more particularly the building trades, such as HVAC, carpenter, plumber or other property building trade.

Interested students should write a brief statement on why they are pursuing the building trades as an area of study, how the funds would assist them in pursuing this career and how they intend to give back to the community.

Contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, [email protected], 613.966.1170, extension 62354

$80,000 university scholarship for North Hastings HS student

June 25, 2020—Congratulations to Jessie Ritter, a Grade 12 student from North Hastings High School received one of the best gifts ever: an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Toronto–Mississauga.

Ritter was selected by for her outstanding academic achievements and is the first NHHS student to receive Schulich Leader Scholarship.

Given the unparalleled current disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a much greater need for students to get financial support in order to pursue post-secondary education. This year, The Schulich Foundation awarded an additional 50 scholarships, for a total of 100.

The scholarship is a game-changer for Ritter. “This changes everything for me. I wasn’t going to go to university in the fall for financial reasons. Now I can actually go and I don’t have to stay behind and work to make enough money to go to university.  It was wonderful to find out this news! I got the news by email, and I thought that it was a mistake. I had to email them back to ask a couple of questions and they told me that it was in fact, very real. My parents are also very excited about this news. This scholarship will give me the financial means to get an education at one of the best universities in Canada and I for this I feel truly blessed,” said Ritter.

The NHHS principal, Wayne Stewart agrees. “This is absolutely wonderful news for Jessie and her family, as well as for our school and the community. It shows our students that if you work hard, and you are committed and passionate about learning, great, life-changing, positive things can happen. Jessie is an absolutely exemplary student which is the number one reason she won this scholarship. She is also a wonderful person and is liked by everyone. At NHHS, we are so proud of what Jessie has accomplished and we are excited to see what the future will bring for this remarkable young woman,” said Stewart.

North Hastings High School is  located in Bancroft, Ontario and serves approximately 500 students in Grades 7-12. NHHS offers specialized 4-credit courses which allow students to learn principles of resource management and environmental studies, which help them to gain employment in resource-based careers.

Contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, [email protected], 613.966.1170, extension 62354

Music to their ears: $5,000 for Stirling PS to purchase guitars

June 5, 2020—It’s music to their ears at Stirling Public School! It was awarded a $5,000 grand prize to purchase guitars through the OTIP School Projects and Initiatives Program.

Watch this short YouTube video of the submisison.

According to Susan Carleton-Maines, Principal, “This is something that Lisa Hill started when she taught guitar to students last year one period a week. She had a class set of guitars and the students loved it. Now, we can carry on what she started!”

The intention is for interested staff members to be able to access these guitars to teach basic skills to their class and even learn alongside them!

CONTACT
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

Looking for a COVID-19 mask? PECI has you covered

image of the Panther face maskJune 5, 2020—Students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute care about their community and are demonstrating their entrepreneurship.

The PECI Make Poverty History Club is selling Panther Pride fabric (non-medical) face masks as its latest #OneTeam fundraising project. Their efforts are to help to flatten the local COVID-19 infection curve, protect vulnerable people in our community and raise money for the local food banks.

Masks are $15  or two for $25. They are Canadian-sourced, made of anti-microbial, hypoallergenic microfibre and feature an around-the ear design, with a soft polyester lycra binding and a comfortable fabric area 5” x 7” in size. All masks are colour sublimated in PECI garnet and feature the distinctive Panther logo.

Historically, the Make Poverty History Club has raised funds to support a range of initiatives, from  helping Kenyan villages to become self-sustainable, to raising awareness about equity issues worldwide. Working in concert with the PECI Environment and GSA clubs as The Justice League, their goal is to promote social and environmental justice at home and abroad. This is no small task, but these Panthers are up to the challenge!

This year, that challenge has a local focus. Club mentor and teacher Marian Moon said, “With or without the need for volunteer hours, this core group is driven to serve its community—to make a difference. Given the current situation with the pandemic, it just made sense for us to address food security issues here in The County for this year’s keystone project.”

Teacher Janet Curran added, “PECI is, and always has been, a community school. It’s more important than ever that our students have a sense of agency, that they know they are not helpless in the face of a crisis. Through this project, they have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding that community means more than a physical building where our classes take place.”

All profits will be donated to the Wellington Storehouse and Picton United Church Food Banks. Delivery is expected within the next few weeks and orders are being taken now.

To place an order for one or more PECI Panther #OneTeam face masks, please contact Marian Moon, [email protected]

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Going into the trades? Apply for the OPSBA Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship

May 12, 2020—Grade 12 students, if you’re graduating in June 2020 and going into the trades, consider applying for the OPSBA Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship.

The Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to one recipient of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association’s (OPSBA’s) Eastern Region. Scholarship recipients are students of strong character, leadership skills and potential, who care deeply about their communities and furthering their own learning. Read more in this PDF.

Please send your package in PDF format to David Shields, Eastern Regional Chair at [email protected] by June 1, 2020.

More information about this scholarship

The funds were established from an organization with a core purpose to determine values for properties, which is the foundation for our property tax system in Ontario. This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing an apprenticeship in the trades, more particularly the building trades, such as HVAC, carpenter, plumber or other property building trade.

Interested students should write a brief statement on why they are pursuing the building trades as an area of study, how the funds would assist them in pursuing this career and how they intend to give back to the community.

 

 

 

Kindergarten registration 2020

Our Kindergarten Programs are…

  • Flexible and responsive to individual differences
  • Designed to allow children to learn in unique ways
  • Supportive learning environments that promote creativity, learning through play and problem-solving
  • Spaces that encourage independent thinking, building connections and understanding feelings
  • Guided by a classroom teacher and early childhood educator team
This way to Kindergarten

“I Read Canadian” is being celebrated at HPEDSB schools

I Read Canadian logoFebruary 18, 2020—Tomorrow, February 19, 2020, is I Read Canadian Day and several HPEDSB schools are participating.

I Read Canadian Day is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people.  This is a day dedicated to reading Canadian and encourages schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities and events within the week.

HPEDSB schools are hosting author visits and putting Canadian books on display in libraries. All are challenged to read Canadian for 15 minutes.

HPEDSB participating schools

  • Bayside Secondary School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Eastside Secondary School
  • Foxboro Public School
  • Frankford Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Madoc Public School
  • Marmora Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Public School
  • Sophiasburgh Central School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Tyendinaga Public School
  • V.P. Carswell Elementary School

For more information, please contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

Student Leadership

Information Night

DATE: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth School, 136 Macdonald Avenue, Belleville

The Student Leadership class is a specialized program that allows students in Grade 7 and 8, to gain valuable leadership skills through inquiry based learning. This class challenges students to develop their leadership skills on a school community and global platform. Students will also enhance their skills and knowledge by participating in a variety of workshops and certificate programs.

Registrations are due to the host school by Friday, February 28, 2020.

Links and resources

Student Leadership is offered at:

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How this teacher and students helped people quarantined at CFB Trenton

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James Flanagan (left) worked with Chapters (Belleville) to get books for all ages to people in quarantine at CFB Trenton due to coronavirus.

February 13, 2020—It didn’t take long for James Flanagan and students to spring into action with an idea for a book drive. Flanagan is a teacher at Centre Hastings Secondary School and wanted to do something to help the people in quarantine at CFB Trenton due to coronavirus.

His first idea to donate used books needed a bit of adjustment due to the possibility of contamination. That didn’t stop him. He contacted Chapters (Belleville) to explore options.

The result? A donation of 91 books for all ages. Flanagan picked them up and delivered on February 12, 2020.

Thank you to James and Chapters (Belleville) for their caring actions.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

 

Information Nights for Destinations classes

Information Nights

DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (rescheduled due to weather) Tuesday, February 18, 2020
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATIONS:
• Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 376 Avonlough Road, Belleville
• Queen Elizabeth School, 136 Macdonald Avenue, Belleville

The Destinations class is for Grade 7 and 8 students who are innately curious and passionate about learning. Through active inquiries, students will explore their role in the world, and further their sense of social justice. They will be given the opportunity to become active and responsible citizens who are internationally minded and technologically savvy. In the Destinations classroom, students inspire and motivate each other to become life-long learners, and proficient digital navigators. Thus the program develops students who take steps to create a better and more peaceful world.

Registrations are due to the host school by Friday, February 28, 2020.

Links and resources

Destinations Program is offered at:

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What book will be selected as Picture Book of the Year?

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The Picture Book Challenge is underway at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton. The Elite 8 books will be narrowed down to the Final 4 and ultimately to our Finalist for PCT Picture Book of the Year.

January 20, 2020—With Family Literacy Day just around the corner (it is recognized on January 27 each year), students at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton are getting ready for the Picture Book Challenge.

Planned by Library Technician Andrea MacDonald, this event involve students in K-6 as a way to celebrate literacy and introduce students of all ages to a variety of texts in the library.

MacDonald selected the 16 books and has paired them up to be voted on. The Elite 8 will be narrowed down to the Final 4 and ultimately to our Finalist for PCT Picture Book of the Year.

Guest readers will be at the school on Family Literacy Day, Monday, January 27, 2020 to read with students.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

What’s common among animals, wildfires and a bake sale at Harmony Public School?

January 20, 2020—What do animals, wildfires and a bake sale have in common? They led to Grade 5 students raising money to make a difference for animals in Australia.

Students in Andrea Bird’s class at Harmony Public School heard about the devastation and wanted to make a difference. They held an in-school bake sale, complete with koala-decorated cookies, cupcakes and brownies and made 130  koala bookmarks.

The entrepreneurial students raised $1,273.25 during their lunch time which will be donated to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Foundation.

Read more online at The Intelligencer.

Harmony PS students fundraise for Australia wildlife
When Andrea Bird’s fifth grade class heard about the animals impacted by the Australian wildfires, they were determined to make a difference.

Harmony PS students fundraise for Australia wildlife
Koala sugar cookies, cupcakes, and brownies were just some of the cornucopia of baked goods available to students and staff Friday.

Harmony PS students fundraise for Australia wildlife
Students made about 130 koala bookmarks to sell at the bake sale.

Harmony PS students fundraise for Australia wildlife
Bird and her students raised $1,273.25 over the course of their lunch period which will be donated to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide foundation.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Extended French Information Night: Monday, February 3, 2020 York River PS

January 14, 2020 –Extended French offers students the opportunity to become fluent in another language. It starts in Grade 5 at York River Public School.

Information Night

DATE: Monday, February 3, 2020
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: York River Public School, 131 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, yorkriver.hpedsb.on.ca, 613-332-1833

Pre-Registration Process

Enrolment into the Grade 5 Extended French program will be pending adequate enrolment of 25 students, available space and qualified staff. Efforts will be made to accommodate all applications received by the host school prior to the registration deadline. If classes are full, your child will be placed on a wait list.

If transportation is needed, please contact the principal of York River Public School.

To be considered for the Extended French program, pre-registrations forms are due to York River Public School by Friday, February 14, 2020.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications and Public Relations Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

French Immersion Information Nights starting January 23, 2020

January 14, 2020 –Starting in Grade 4, French Immersion provides an opportunity for students to develop french-language skills in a variety of subject areas. The content is the same as the regular program with French as a language of instruction. Students will have a minimum of 3800 hours of instruction in French by the end of Grade 8. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a French Immersion certificate.

Information Nights

Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Madoc Public School
32 Baldwin Street, Madoc
madps.hpedsb.on.ca
613-473-2487

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Bayside Public School
132 Aikins Road, Belleville
bayside.hpedsb.on.ca
613-962-0694

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Prince Charles Public School
138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton
pcharlest.hpedsb.on.ca
613-392-5461

Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Harry J. Clarke Public school
77 Rollins Drive,Belleville
hjclarke.hpedsb.on.ca
613-969-0140

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
41 Barker Street, Picton
peci.hpedsb.on.ca
613-476-2196

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Pre-Registration Process

Enrolment into the Grade 4 French Immersion program will be pending adequate enrollment of 25 students, available space and qualified staff. Priority will be given to students registering within their prescribed school attendance area for elective learning programs (host school), based on the student’s home address.

If the program is oversubscribed a random draw will occur. If classes are full, students will be placed on a wait list. Students who live outside the boundary area of one of the host schools must first be registered at their home school then the parent/guardian must complete Form 340-1: Request for Transfer. Transfer requests will be considered after the process detailed above.

If transportation is needed, please contact the principal of the French Immersion school.

To be considered for the French Immersion program, pre-registration forms must be completed and returned to the host school by Friday, February 14, 2020.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications and Public Relations Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: Foundations Day for Grade 7 and 8 Students, Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Foundations Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme provide an enriching education environment that stimulates curiosity and fosters a spirit of discover and an Foundations Day at ESSenjoyment of learning.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, January 30, 2020
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/rno4l7c

The Foundations Day (Pdf) is geared toward Grade 7 and 8 students interested in exploring the Foundations Programme and the International Baccalaureate Programme. Some of the activities of the day will include Science Olympics, 3D printing, history exploration, languages, math challenges and theory of knowledge.

All Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome to attend. Please note that transportation is not provided for this event.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

 

Harry J. Clarke PS choir performed at the Annual Board Meeting

December 9, 2019—At the Annual Board Meeting this evening, Kaina Andrews, Superintendent of Education, introduced Gavin Foster, Teacher and Choir Director, Harry J. Clarke Public School. Over 20 students in the Junior Choir sang three songs (Jingle Bell Rock, Feliz Navidad and A New Year Carol), followed by three more with everyone in the room joining in (Santa Claus is Coming to Town, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells). Gavin also sang one on his own, A Child Just Like You,  as a tribute to students.

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Students in Junior Choir, Harry J. Clarke Public School performed at the Annual Board meeting on December 9, 2019.

Thank you to teachers Gavin Foster and Sharon Richardson, and students: Alyssa Barnes, Lyla Bessin-Holt, Marley Bessin-Holt, Liam Brinklow, Emma Cooney, Raelyn Davidson, Chloe Dunlop, Isabella Eigenbrood, Lena Geitner, Addison Harrow, Ella Harrow, Marlie Hannah, Lila Impey, Maelyn Jin, Isaak Keuning, Karlee Lounsberry, Elissa McIsaac, Lana McKeown, Iris Michell, Addi Moyles, Mackenzie Norton, Savannah Paige, Dylan Phillips, Brooklynn Shulga, Isaac Smith, Daisy Sprung and Bailey Stewart. Principal Jennifer Slater and Vice-Principal Teri Cook were also present.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: Trenton High rock band Muzikwerx concert, December 12, 2019

event flyerUpdated December 9, 2019 with a new date

December 5, 2019—Calling music fans of all ages and interests—check this out.

Trenton High School’s rock band Muzikwerx will perform an evening concert for the public.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, December 12, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

The band and school choir will perform a wide range of music—from modern hits by the Jonas Brothers and Lil Nas X, to eighties tunes like Take On Me and Video Killed the Radio Star, as well as classic songs by Queen and The Beatles.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (under age 10 is free), available at the door.

All are to support music at Trenton High School.

For more information, please contact:
Trenton High School, [email protected] or 613.392.1227

How strong is a cardboard boat? These students found out

November 26, 2019—How strong is a cardboard boat? How is one built using only duct tape? Will it float with weight in it? Those are some of the questions secondary school students explored recently.

Students from Bayside Secondary School and Centennial Secondary School participated in the Skills Canada/Ontario Cardboard Boat Races.

Leading up to the November 26th competition, Grade 12 Physics students researched, designed, test-built and test-floated prototypes. On competition day, they transposed the small designs into full-scale models using only cardboard and duct tape as building materials. They had two hours to complete the build.

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Students work together on the design and structure of their boat.

students working together measuring and taping their boat
Measurements are taken and duct tape applied. The more tape, the better…

group of students decorating their cardboard boat
A festive cardboard boat? Students add their creative touches to make their unique design even more unique!

students test their cardboard boats in the water
Students put their boats to the test. How far will boats float? How much weight will they hold?

Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must use their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure

Teams were judged on the quality of construction, planning and design, safety and cleanliness, teamwork and team spirit, visual appeal and essential skills knowledge. Then they took to the pool for speed and a weight challenges.

The competition took place at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

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EVENT: IB and Foundations Information Session, November 25, 2019

November 15, 2019—Students and their parents/guardians are invited to an information session (Pdf) to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Foundations programs.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Monday, November 25, 2019
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

The Foundations and International Baccalaureate programs offer enriched educational environments through enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry, fostering a spirit of discovery and an enjoyment of learning.

Find out more about Go to the website to learn more: http://www.ibo.org/benefits/

Applications for entry to the Grade 9, 10 and 11 programs will be available at this session.

For more information, please contact:
Eastside Secondary School, 613.962.8668 or [email protected]

PECI students participate in Local Government Week

October 21, 2019–This week is Local Government Week in Ontario and students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are eager to participate.

Two Grade 5 classes will visit the Prince Edward County municipality office, known as Shire Hall, on Thursday, October 24 for a hands-on learning experience.

In the morning, they will hear from municipal staff and participate in a Council-led activity. At 1:00 p.m., the students will present at the Committee of the Whole meeting to share their ideas about preparing for climate change and making the County a more livable community.

Watch the live stream online.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Harvest Festival celebration at Eastside Secondary School

October 21, 2019–Harvest Festival (Pdf) is an annual traditional celebration for Mohawk people. It takes place at Eastside Secondary School.

This event begins with the recognition of Onkwehonwe (original people) through a thanksgiving of all things in creation.Harvest Festival
From there, students will divide into clans and participate in the following activities:
  1. Corn Husk Doll Making
  2. History of Lacrosse
  3. How to play Lacrosse
  4. Making Strawberry Drink
  5. History of Wampum Belts and the Mural in the Indigenous Gathering Space

The morning wraps up with a social celebration through traditional dancing and songs led by a singing group from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
TIME: 8:45 – 11:50 a.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

This event is organized and run by the Grade 9 Mohawk Language class with support from teachers Joe Brown and Matt Sager.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Students from Hermon PS to visit colleges, universities

September 25, 2019—Hermon Public School students are getting a glimpse into their future through a visit to Fleming College in Peterborough.

This stems from a unique practice that happens at the school every day. Every morning all, students and staff meet in the gym in a circle and talk about why they have come to school. Their answers are always that we are all here to work, learn and grow.

This year, they will be broadening their horizons to look beyond the school borders and community in order to see what might be waiting for students down the road. In support of this, students in Grades 4-6 will be participating in tours of various college and university campuses.

The first visit will be to Fleming College on October 1, touring the entire campus with a special tour of the new Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre where students train in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and welding trades.

More visits will be scheduled during the school year.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Winning video by teacher Jay Noack garners $5,000 for Trenton High

June 28, 2019—Congratulations to Jay Noack, a teacher at Trenton High School who was the recipient of $5,000 from the McDougall Family Fund Contest.

Noack has already secured several thousand dollars for the school through his ‘creativitis’ approach to teaching and learning. He has entered various contests by submitting videos illustrating his work with students and his ideas still to come.

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Jay Noack, a teacher at Trenton High School is pictured with Caley Weese from McDougall Insurance. Noack was a recipient of $5,000, on behalf of the school, by submitting the winning video in the Family Fund Contest.

National initiative leads to ReconciliACTION at Bayside Secondary School

June 4, 2019—Students at Bayside Secondary School are caring citizens who are taking action as part of a national initiative.

On May 24, 2019, approximately 80 students took part in the nationally recognized “Project of Heart,” an inquiry-based, hands-on project that reveals truth about the history and legacy of Canada’s Indigenous people.

Students painted wooden tiles to commemorate the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of their experiences at  Indian residential schools after being taken from their homes, many as young as five years old. The edges of each tile are painted black to represent the mourning of children who lost their lives during this tragic time in history. Each tile projects a word or a symbol to offer healing and reconciliation to the families and communities to whom these children belonged.

Students from six English classes, plus a group of Grade 12 students who took Indigenous Studies last semester, engaged in this painting project with meaning and purpose, many feeling compelled to explain the significance of their tiles and paint more. Project of Heart has definitely contributed to enriching the school culture at Bayside Secondary School, as well as furthering students’ understanding and creating empathy for the devastating history of Indigenous people.

This hands-on project has allowed students to become a part of the reconciliACTION process which calls Canadians to action, through social justice endeavors, to change our present and future history collectively. With over 500 tiles painted, this beautiful mosaic will form a new tabletop in the BSS parlour, a meeting place where people come together to solve problems and resolve and reconcile differences on a regular basis.

On May 31, 2019, students attended a presentation by Tanya Maracle-King, Odawa, Crane Clan and member of Wikwemkoong First Nation. Maracle-King is a legacy, a child of IRS survivors, who has given numerous presentations around the topic of residential schools and is well versed in many areas involving First Nations people. Students took part in a smudging ceremony to begin the morning, and had an opportunity to ask Maracle-King questions and hear her stories before they presented her with their tiles as a gift of recognition.

Tanya Maracle-King, Odawa, Crane Clan and member of Wikwemkoong First Nation, presented to students, sharing about being a child of Indian residential school survivors.

close-up of the painted tiles
Students painted wooden tiles to commemorate the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of their experiences at  Indian residential schools.

painted tiles arranged on a table top
With over 500 tiles painted, this beautiful mosaic will form a new tabletop in the Bayside Secondary School parlour, a meeting place where people come together to solve problems and resolve and reconcile differences on a regular basis.

group photo of students who participated in Project of Heart
These students participated in Project of Heart at Bayside Secondary School.

 

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: “Here We Are – Below the Surface,” student drama performance

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Students in the Grade 12 Theatre Production class at Bayside Secondary School are ready to perform for the community. “Here We Are – Below the Surface” is a powerful series of vignettes written, produced and performed by the students.

May 24, 2019—Students in the Grade 12 Theatre Production class at Bayside Secondary School are ready to perform for the community.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, May 30, 2019
TIME: 7:oo p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville
COST: $5 at the door, proceeds going to the school and two local charities

The students wrote, produced and are starring in a drama performance called “Here We Are — Below the Surface.” This one-hour production is a series of vignettes that flow together to share the issues facing today’s teens, ranging from depression to social media, mental health, gender identity and sexual assault.

Theatre arts can be such an important vessel for students, that sometimes with our busy lives and focus on the larger picture, we do not realize what an impact it has to the students culture and high school experiences.

For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

 

+350 students participating in the Plein Air Painting Festival

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Over 350 elementary and secondary students will participate in the Quinte Arts Council Plein Air Painting Festival on Friday, May 24, 2019.

May 22, 2019—This Friday, over 350 elementary and secondary students will participate in the Quinte Arts Council Plein Air Painting Festival.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Friday, May 24, 2019
TIME: Between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Various, see below

Plein air painting is experiencing painting in the landscape. The practice was made into an art form by the French Impressionists and their desire to paint light and its changing qualities. Artists paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

Each student has been provided with a stamped canvas, plus colour palettes, paint and brushes. According to the Rules and Regulations of Plein Air Painting, paintings must be completed outside and must be direct paintings of the scene surrounding the artist.

Mentors and community partners are a big part of this event because they provide experiential learning to students. These Visual Arts experiences play a valuable role in helping students to achieve their potential as learners and to participate fully in their community. The Arts provide a natural way for students to explore and express themselves, and through which they can discover and interpret the world around them.

Experiential learning allows students to expand their understanding of the industries and career options they may want to pursue in the future. Learning beyond the classroom allows students to see how their in-class learning can be applied in to the world of work.

In collaboration with the Quinte Arts Council, the J.M. Parrott Gallery and the City of Belleville, the 5th Arts en Plein Air Painting Festival will take place in Belleville and the Quinte Region from Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25, 2019.

All canvases will be entered into a juried competition and will be on display at the Quinte Arts Council from May 27 – June 6, 2019.

Schools Participating in the Plein Air Painting Festival
School Artist/Mentor Painting Location
Harmony Public School Astra Nams and Bill Tomlinson Harmony Public School
Harry J. Clarke Chris Bennett East Hill Park
Kente Public School Elizabeth Hutchinson Kente Public School
Madoc Public School Marc Poulin Church Madoc
Park Dale School Roy Grandy and Chris Finkle Signal/Henry’s Place and Victoria Park
Prince of Wales Public School Sarah Winn Riverside Park
Queen Victoria School Chris Bennett East Hill Park
Susanna Moodie Elementary School Kathy Keenan West Zwick’s Park
Trenton High School Dianne Kehoe East Zwick’s Park

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Performing live on-air . . . an unforgettable experience for PECI students

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Students in Grades 10-12 from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute sang live on-air on 99.3 County FM on Friday, April 26, 2019 as part of the station’s 5th anniversary radiothon.

April 26, 2019—It is not often that someone gets to perform live on-air and yet students experienced that today.

The vocal class from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute was on 99.3 County FM and sang three songs: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen; and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

The performance was part of the station’s annual radiothon as it celebrates five years on the airwaves. The students were invited to join 34 other acts that will be performing live during the 4-day event.

Teacher Andrew Cranshaw jumped at the chance for his Grade 10-12 students to be involved.

Student Cori Goodman, in Grade 11, said, “I’m so thankful to 99.3 County FM for inviting us to do this. They not only gave us the chance to come in and let us perform, but they cheered and encouraged us, as well. I’ve been on the radio as a solo performer before, but they put that extra effort in to ensure we had the space for 10 singers and our pianist/teacher Mr. Cranshaw. There’s nothing more important than music and the people here at 99.3 have supported us in every way.”

The station also supports the school by airing PECI Panthercast every Monday from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Listeners donated $300 during the students’ performance and requested that the funds specifically support school initiatives.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: “Happy Days,” memories of poodle skirts, malt shoppes at Centennial SS performance

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Students at Centennial Secondary School invite you to their production of “Happy Days, A New Musical.” This show will take you back to 1959: a time of poodle skirts, malt shoppes, jive dancing, and rock and roll.

April 26, 2019—If poodle skirts, malt shoppes and jive dancing bring back fond memories, read on . . .

Students at Centennial Secondary School invite you to their production of “Happy Days, A New Musical.”

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: May 14, 15 and 16, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
TICKETS: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors

This show will take you back to 1959: a time of poodle skirts, malt shoppes, jive dancing, and rock and roll. You’ll sing along with Richie Cunningham, Joanie and Chachi and of course, The Fonz! The show is suitable for all ages.

For more information, contact:
(media) Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

(show specific information) Carol Wheatley, Guidance Teacher, Centennial Secondary School, 613-962-9233

 

“Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron” and more at Eastside SS performance

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Students at Eastside Secondary School are rehearsing for “Leader of the Pack” and will perform well-known songs, including “Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “River Deep,” “Mountain High,” and “Leader of the Pack,” among others, . This show is suitable for children age 7 and up.

April 26, 2019—Anytime is a good time to sing and perform for an audience.

Those are a couple of the reasons why students at Eastside Secondary School are rehearsing for “Leader of the Pack.” This lively musical tells the real life story of Ellie Greenwich who wrote dozens of upbeat songs in the 1960s.

Students will perform well-known songs, including “Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “River Deep,” “Mountain High,” and “Leader of the Pack,” among others. This show is suitable for children age 7 and up.

EVENT DETAILS

DATES: Wednesday, May 29 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TICKETS: Adults $15, Students/Children $10, available at the school, Red Ball Radio or the Quinte Arts Council

For more information, contact:
(media) Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

(show specific information) Lise Lindenberg, Arts Teacher, Eastside Secondary, 613-962-8668

Bayside Public School presents “The Wizard of Oz”

event posterApril 11, 2019—Students in Grades 4 to 8 at Bayside Public School are proud to present the theatrical production of “The Wizard of Oz.” 

This story has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now you can experience it for yourself.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: May 1, 2, and 3, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville (between Belleville and Trenton)
TICKETS: $8 at the door or at the Bayside Public School Main Office in advance

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  Follow the adventures of a young farm girl named Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their Kansas home by a cyclone.  All of your favorite characters from the classic film are here, including the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and of course, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Filled with spectacular songs and costumes, Bayside Public School’s version ofThe Wizard of Oz” will bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best.

For more information, contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Outstanding creativity on display at the Annual Secondary Art Show

April 11, 2019—The Annual Secondary Art Show continues to be a spectacular way to showcase the creativity and personal expression of Grade 9-12 Visual Arts students from all seven of our secondary schools.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: April 4-24, 2019
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 3rd floor of the Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

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The promotional poster for the “Embrace” Secondary School Art Show was created by Linsey Milican, Trenton High School.
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The “Embrace” Opening Reception invitation was created by Amanda Meloche, Trenton High School.

The promotional materials for year’s show, entitled

“Embrace,” are based on works about self-worth, self-love and wellness from students Amanda Meloche and Linsey Milican of Trenton High School.

The gallery exhibit, at the John M. Parrot Art Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Belleville Public Library, displays works from student artists enabling them to present to a broad community audience and experience the impact of sharing their work publicly.

Through their creations, student artists demonstrate what they have learned about the elements and principles of design, the creative process, and the application of a variety of media, materials, technologies, tools and techniques.

This impressive show, in its 31st year, will be open to all during gallery hours from April 4 – 24.

For more information, contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

+250 students, 12 bands participating in BandFest

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Over 250 students from 12 different bands across HPEDSB are participating. in the 4th Annual BandFest This event is a non-competitive board-wide festival for elementary school bands. It is an opportunity for students who have practiced all year to perform for and listen to their peers.

April 10, 2019—The sound of music is in the air once again as students gear up for the 4th Annual BandFest.

Over 250 students from 12 different bands across Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are participating. This event is a non-competitive board-wide festival for elementary school bands. There are no trophies, ribbons, or ranking systems. It is an opportunity for students who have practiced all year to perform for and listen to their peers.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

This year’s BandFest will include live music performances, workshops, multiple adjudicators and a formal warm-up room. Quinte Symphony musicians are generously providing Masterclass Sessions throughout the day, so that students from different bands can come together to learn skills and techniques specific to their instrument.  Each band will receive a recording of their performance, a live adjudication, as well as a private workshop with a professional conductor.

Door prizes, back-line and practice gear supplied by Long & McQuade Musical Instruments. On-site instrument First Aid and repairs will be provided by Greg Hendrickson of Greg’s Brass and Woodwind Services.

Parents and administrators are invited to attend this board-wide celebration of elementary school music programming.

 

 

 

ADJUDICATOR BIOGRAPHIES

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Dan Tremblay

Dan Tremblay is a freelance musician, clinician and private trumpet teacher who is active in Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and New York state. He divides his time between the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, and the Crane School of Music, State University of New York in Potsdam, where he provides trumpet instruction and coaches chamber ensembles.

Dan is principal/solo trumpet with L’Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire (Rimouski) and plays regularly with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, among others. He has been principal trumpet with Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton and with McGill Symphony Orchestra. Dan was also a member of Alliage Brass Trio with Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, which received the Ménard-Pomerleau Award in 2006.

Since 2001, Dan has been a faculty member of the Queen’s University Dan School of Drama and Music where he teaches trumpet and education classes, such as Introduction to Choral and Instrumental Conducting, Advanced Instrumental Conducting, Brass Techniques and Methods, Wind Pedagogy, and is Head of the brass and percussion studio.

Dan is an avid conductor and currently leads the Queen’s University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Brass Choir and Trumpet Ensemble. He is also the Music Director of the Quinte Symphony in Belleville, Ontario, a post he has held since 2015.

Dan holds a Master of Music degree in Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Université de Montréal. He studied trumpet with Russell DeVuyst, Jean-Luc Gagnon and Guy Archambault and studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler (UofMichigan), Alain Cazes (McGill), Gillian Mackay and Jeffrey Renolds (UofT), Jean-Philippe Tremblay, and Gilles Auger (Conservatoire de Québec), among others.

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Dianne Winmill

Dianne Winmill has been teaching music in the HPEDSB for 24 years. She has taught at North Hastings High School, Moira Secondary School, Quinte Secondary School and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.

Dianne started playing piano at age 7 after being inspired by the concert band director at her elementary school in Minden, Ontario and deciding, then and there, that she wanted to be a music teacher when she grew up. Following high school in Haliburton, Ontario, she attended Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied piano and trombone, with some vocal jazz thrown-in for good measure.

As an instrumentalist, Dianne has performed with the Quinte Symphony, the Highlands Chamber Orchestra and the North Hastings Community Band, and in the Bancroft area, is highly sought-after as a piano accompanist.

She has served as musical director and producer for 7 musical theatre productions at NHHS, and is the founder of the It Takes a Village Theatre Camp which provides a one-week summer intensive musical theatre experience for students junior-intermediate age students in the North Hastings area.

Dianne was presented with the 2017 Teacher of the Year through MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity. She received a trip to the JUNO awards, her very own JUNO statue and funding for school music instruments.

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Terry Denyes

Terry Denyes was born in Trenton, Ontario. He spent two years studying music performance at the Canadian School of Music in Victoria from 1977-1979. He returned for a one year Director of Music training in 1991.

Terry was in the Canadian Forces Music Branch for 33 years, performing at all of the major concert venues in North America and many in Europe as a percussionist, soloist and singer. His career highlight was singing O Canada at the 2000 Grey Cup in Calgary with a 10-piece show band.

Terry has lived in almost every province, performing with a multitude of different groups from symphony to rock and roll, jazz and country. He has worked on records (yes, records) and jingles for major commercials.

Terry retired from the Canadian military as the first-ever Canadian Forces Music Chief Warrant Officer and moved to Brighton to begin his new performance career forming the Bay City Band.

Terry is the musical director of the Brighton All Star Concert Band and the All Star Swing Band.

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Dan Walker

Dan Walker taught music at East Northumberland Secondary School for 31 years. He currently performs with the Quinte Symphony as a bassoonist, on the sax and clarinet with various jazz groups and bands, and on bass guitar with rock bands and jazz ensembles.

Dan studied my Bachelor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University and received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.

For more information, contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Students rehearsing to perform in the We are One Jazz Concert, April 24, 2019

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130 elementary students will be performing in the We Are One Choir and Jazz Ensemble on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Centennial Secondary School. Tickets are $12 at the door, free for under age 12.

April 9, 2019—What do 130 elementary students, one choir conductor, one pianist, a string bass player and a drummer have in common? The goal of performing a jazz concert for the community.

Students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 from four Belleville elementary schools have been rehearsing for weeks. They practise at their schools on Thursdays then come together for a large group practise on Fridays.

Over the course of the 4-month project, students expand their creativity, develop self esteem, courage, respect, concentration, a sense of accomplishment, teamwork and music skills, as well as an appreciation for the performing arts. This is achieved through learning about jazz music, improvisation and lyric writing. The project concludes with a gala concert.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 at the door, free for under age 12

The 130-voice student choir will be accompanied by a professional jazz trio, comprised of internationally known musicians, along with an adult choir and special guest artists.

Participating schools are Prince Charles School (Belleville), Prince of Wales Public School, Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville) and Queen Victoria School.

This wonderful initiative is through a partnership between the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and We Are One (WAO) Jazz Project. In 2009, WAO became a federally registered charity. Now in its 11th year, We Are One’s innovative jazz choir project has helped build strong community bonds by empowering more than 3,000 young students representing 70+ schools in nine under-serviced areas of Ontario. This project is performance based and delivers supportive guidance by some of Canada’s most accomplished musician/teachers.

For more information, contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Computer programming contest challenges students’ problem solving abilities

March 21, 2019—Datasets, integers, input specifications, output specifications. These are some of the terms students participating in a computer programming contest need to be familiar with.

Students from Eastside Secondary School and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute worked through programming challenges in the Boardwide Programming Contest on March 21, 2019. It is the first level of competition organized by the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO).

This event challenges and inspires students to take on problems that exceed the expectations of high school Computer Science courses. Unlike traditional academic contests which have students compete individually, this programming competition requires students to work together as part of a team in order solve a series of challenging problems. It means that organization and communication skills, in addition to computer programming skills, can factor into success in the competition.

As for the contest itself, each team of four students has 3 hours in which to attempt to solve a series of four challenging computer programming problems. To make it even more interesting, each team is only permitted a single computer to work on, which means that organization and time management skills will also come into play.

The problems themselves are very much logical in nature and are drawn from a variety of subject areas, including mathematics, physics and cryptography (breaking codes).

For example, the following is from a previous contest:

The Interlace Cypher is a method of encrypting text by scrambling the letters in a message. The letters are rearranged so that the original words are interlaced by alternating letters from each word (e.g. the first letter from each word, followed by the second letter from each word and so on). Then the resulting letter set is broken up into “words” that match the lengths of the words in the original message, such as this:

Original text: the interlace cypher

Encoded text: tic hnyetpehr elrace

Based on the description provided, the teams of students need to write a computer program that can decode messages that have be written using this cypher.

Solutions to the problems are tested using multiple sets of data. Points are earned for correctly solving the problem, and bonus points are earned based on how much time is remaining in the contest, so teams that are able to come up with a solution faster will earn more points.

More information about the contest is at the ECOO website.

The top three finishers will be invited to represent HPEDSB at the Eastern Ontario Regional Programming Contest to be held at Queen’s University on April 27, 2019. This regional competition draws in teams from Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville and Cornwall in addition to teams from HPEDSB. The top teams from this regional contest then proceed to a provincial competition held in Toronto in May 2019.Computer Programming Competition

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

HPEDSB students excel at the skilled trades competition

March 4, 2019—Winners of the 2019 Loyalist College Skills Competition were announced following the event on February 26, 2019.

Students participated as individuals or teams competitions for Architectural Technology & Design, Automotive, Baking, Electrical, Esthetics, Individual Carpentry, Mechanical CAD, Photography, Precision Machining, Two-Person Carpentry and Welding.

Congratulations to HPEDSB competition winners

Electrical

1st: Drake Peirson, Trenton High School

3rd: Nate Aagesen, Bayside Secondary School

Esthetics

1st: Emily Palmateer, Trenton High School

2nd: Jessica Howard, Trenton High School

3rd: Brianna Brinklow, Trenton High School

Individual Carpentry

1st: Kyle Genereaux, Bayside Secondary School

3rd: Andrew Graham, Bayside Secondary School

Photography

2nd: Jacob Radocsay, Bayside Secondary School

Precision Machining

1st: Dylan York, Bayside Secondary School

2nd: Kaleb Butler, Bayside Secondary School

3rd: Keegan Sponagle, Bayside Secondary School

Welding

1st: Nolan Porter, Bayside Secondary School

3rd: Cody Johnson, Bayside Secondary School

A total of $22,000 in tuition bursaries were presented to the top secondary school competitors who placed 1st ($1,000), 2nd ($600) and 3rd ($400) in their skill category. The bursaries will be applied as a credit toward tuition fees when recipients register between September 2019 and September 2021 in a full-time program at Loyalist College.

The Centre for Workforce Development, Quinte Home Builders’ Association and BluEarth Renewables also contributed prizes for the competition’s first ever Elementary Challenges in Green Energy, Technology and Construction.

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Congratulations to students from Bayside Secondary School who won the Precision Metal competition: Dylan in Gold, Caleb in Silver and Keegan in Bronze.

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Congratulations to students from Trenton High School who won the Esthetics competition:  Emily in Gold, Jessica in Silver and Brianna in Bronze.

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Grade 8 students from Centennial Secondary School add to the roof of their project.

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Hunter from Trenton High School puts icing on the cake he baked.

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Liam and Luke from Centre Hastings Secondary School demonstrate teamwork in the 2-Person  Carpentry competition.

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Such concentration from a Trenton High School student in the manicure portion of the Esthetics Skills competition.

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Ready. Set. Launch! Grade 8 students from Centennial Secondary School and Queen Elizabeth School test their fruit launchers.

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Colby from Centennial Secondary School works on an engine in the Automotive Skills competition.

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A Bayside Secondary School student competes in Welding.

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A Bayside Secondary School student competes in Precision Machining.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: Paint Night/Social fundraiser for Eastside SS, March 26, 2019

event flyerFebruary 4, 2019—Are you interested in learning to paint or socializing with like-minded people? Come to the Paint Night at Eastside Secondary School.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
COST: $40 (cash or cheque), all materials will be provided

Join artist Angela Wiggins and the school Visual Arts Department for a night of painting and socializing, no experience necessary!

You will create an original acrylic painting in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Proceeds support the Visual Arts at Eastside Secondary School.

Refreshments and snacks will be available.

For information, please contact:
Lise Lindenberg, Arts Teacher, Eastside Secondary School, [email protected]

Extended French Info Night: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 York River PS

Updated February 14, 2019

January 21, 2019 –Extended French offers students the opportunity to become fluent in another language. It starts in Grade 5 at York River Public School.

Information Session

DATE: Tuesday, February 19, 2019  Inclement weather date February 21, 2019
(Postponed due to inclement weather Wednesday, February 13, 2019, rescheduled from Thursday, February 7, 2019 )

TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: York River Public School, 131 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, yorkriver.hpedsb.on.ca, 613.332.1833

Pre-Registration Process

Enrolment into the Grade 5 Extended French program will be initiated and continued subject to adequate enrolment of 25 students, continued funding, available space, and qualified staff. Efforts will be made to accommodate all applications received by the host school prior to the registration deadline. If classes are full, your child will be placed on a waitlist.

To be considered for the Extended French program, pre-registrations forms are due to York River Public School by Friday, February 22, 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Student Leadership Program Info Night, February 19, 2019

January 29, 2019—The Student Leadership Program (Pdf) is for students in Grade 7 and 8 to gain valuable leadership skills through inquiry based learning. The SLP challenges students to develop their leadership skills on a school community and global platform.

Parents and students are invited to an information night.

EVENT DETAILS 

DATE: Tuesday, February 19 , 2019 (rescheduled from Wednesday, February 13, 2019 due to inclement weather)
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth School, 135 MacDonald Avenue, Belleville

About the Student Leadership Program
The Student Leadership Program is for students in Grade 7 and 8 to gain valuable leadership skills through inquiry based learning.

The SLP challenges students to develop their leadership skills on a school community and global platform. The SLP students will enhance their skills and knowledge by participating in a variety of workshops and certificate programs.

Learn more information about the Student Leadership Program. Registration is required by Friday, February 22, 2019.

For more information, please contact:

Program and registration questions

  • Principal at Queen Elizabeth School, 613.968.9173, queeneb.hpedsb.on.ca

Media

  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Kindergarten Registration 2019

January 21, 2019 –Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. All our elementary schools offer Kindergarten for Year 1 (JK) and Year 2 (SK).

 Online pre-registration for Kindergarten


Watch the Kindergarten pre-registration help video for instructions on how to complete online pre-registration.

Once online pre-registration is completed, parents/guardians must go to the school to finalize registration. Please contact the school office to make an appointment. When visiting the school, you will need to bring the following documentation:

  1. Birth certificate or passport as official proof of the child’s date of birth and legal name*
  2. Immunization card
  3. Confirmation of the parent/guardian name and home address, such as a driver’s licence, hydro bill or phone bill
  4. Legal custody orders, if applicable

For Junior Kindergarten, children must be four years old in 2019 (born in 2015). For Senior Kindergarten, children must be five years old in 2019 (born in 2014). If your child is currently in Year 1 (JK), you do not need to register again for Year 2 (SK).

*To apply for a birth certificate, follow these steps:

  1. If you have access to a computer and a major credit card, visit ServiceOntario to complete an on-line application. Submit the form and pay on-line using a credit card. The birth certificate will be delivered to you.
  2. If you do not have access to a computer, contact your local MPP’s office.
  • A HPEDSB Family Questionnaire (Pdf) is available for families to complete. The purpose of the questionnaire is to gather information that will support your child’s transition to school.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

French Immersion Info Nights starting January 28, 2019

January 21, 2019 –Starting in Grade 4, French Immersion provides an opportunity for students to develop french-language skills in a variety of subject areas. The content is the same as the regular program with French as a language of instruction. Students will have a minimum of 3800 hours of instruction in French by the end of Grade 8. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a French Immersion certificate.

Information Sessions

Monday, January 28, 2019
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Harry J. Clarke Public School
77 Rollins Drive, Belleville
hjclarke.hpedsb.on.ca
613.969.0140

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Prince Charles Public School
138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton
pcharlest.hpedsb.on.ca
613.392.5461

Thursday, January 31, 2019
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Bayside Public School
132 Aikins Road, Belleville
bayside.hpedsb.on.ca
613.962.0694

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Madoc Public School
32 Baldwin Street, Madoc
madps.hpedsb.on.ca
613.473.2487

New date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Tuesday, February 12, 2019  Rescheduled due to inclement weather
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
41 Barker Street, Picton
peci.hpedsb.on.ca
613.476.2196

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Pre-Registration Process

Enrolment into the Grade 4 French Immersion program will be initiated and continued subject to adequate enrollment of 25 students, continued funding, available space, and qualified staff. Priority will be given to students registering within their prescribed school attendance area for elective learning programs (host school), based on the student’s home address.

If the program is oversubscribed a random draw will occur. If classes are full, your child will be placed on a wait list. Students who live outside the boundary area of one of the host schools must first be registered at their home school then the parent/guardian must complete Form 340-1: Request for Transfer. Transfer requests will be considered after the process detailed above.

Transportation to the French Immersion program or any other elective learning program is the responsibility of the parent.

To be considered for the French Immersion program, pre-registration forms must be completed and returned to the host school by Friday, February 22, 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

 

 

Destinations Program Info Nights, January 29 and 31, 2019

Destinations flyerJanuary 17, 2019—The Destinations Program (Pdf) is for Grade 7 and 8 students who are innately curious and passionate about learning.

Parents and students are invited to an information night.

EVENT DETAILS

Information Night 1

DATE: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth School, 135 MacDonald Avenue, Belleville

Information Night 2

DATE: Thursday, January 31, 2019
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 376 Avonlough Road, Belleville

About the Destinations Program
The Destinations Program is for Grade 7 and 8 students who are innately curious and passionate about learning and leadership in the local, national and global contexts.

Deep learning experiences build on learner strengths and needs, create new knowledge using real-life problem solving, focus on digital fluency, and help all students identify their talents, purpose and passion.

Students will have opportunities to become active and responsible citizens who are globally minded and technologically savvy. In the Destinations classroom, students inspire and motivate each other to become life-long learners and proficient digital navigators. The program develops students who take steps to create a better and more peaceful world.

Learn more information about the Destinations Program. Registration is required by Friday, February 22, 2019.

For more information, please contact:

Program and registration questions

  • Principal at Queen Elizabeth School, 613.968.9173, queeneb.hpedsb.on.ca
  • Principal at Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 613.966.8186, smoodie.hpedsb.on.ca

Media

  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: Northern Outdoor Studies program Open House

January 9, 2019—Students in the Northern Outdoor Studies program at North Hastings High School are excited to share their experiences and learning at an open house.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, January 17, 2019
TIME: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Room 109, North Hastings High School, 14 Monck Street, Bancroft

This year is a 20th celebration. To date 355 students have participated in the program.

 

The event is also a way to recognize the individuals, organizations and businesses who have supported the NOS program. It is through their continued support that the program is available to future generations of outdoor-oriented young men and women.

For more information, please contact:

  • Barb Gillis or James Burbidge, Teachers, North Hastings High School, 613-332-1220 (program information)
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected] (media)

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Adventure Class Info Night: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January 7, 2019—Parents/guardians and students are invited to attend an Information Session about the Primary and Junior Adventure Classes at Queen Victoria School for the 2019-2020 school year. 
The Adventure Class is a unique education program where students in Grades 1-6 learn with the shared support of teachers, families and community. At this information session, find out about the program, tour the classrooms and get answers to your questions.
 
Adventure Class brochure (Pdf) 
INFORMATION SESSION
DATE: Wednesday, January 30, 2019*
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville 
*Please note that in the case of inclement weather the snow date will be Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. 
All are welcome to attend. 
For more information, please contact:
  • Kevin MacLaurin, Principal, 613-968-4547, [email protected] (program information)
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected] (media)

 

Coe Hill School—small with a big heart

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Students at Coe Hill School collected 632 non-perishable food items for the Coe Hill Food Bank.

December 21, 2018—Students and staff at Coe Hill School are caring citizens who consider the needs of others and want to make a positive difference in their community.

This year the annual food drive took a twist: All students and staff were divided into three teams.  The White team of Frosty the Snowman, the Green Team  called The Crazy Elves and the Red Team called The Christmas Squad. The goal was to collect the most food items, with a pizza party for the winning team.

The food drive started on December 3 and ended December 18, 2018. During that time, as the boxes filled with non-perishable food items, students would excitedly check their team’s bin to see which team was in the lead. When the 200-mark was reached, everyone was thrilled and a new goal of 400 items was announced. By the last day, the final count was 632 items.

The community was in awe that this little school with 46 students and 9 staff could collect that much food. All 632 items were delivered by staff and students to the Coe Hill Food Bank on Wednesday, December 19, where volunteers were overwhelmed and  grateful for this wonderful donation.

Thank you to all who contributed to this worthy cause.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

 

EVENT: Muzikwerx live performance at Trenton High School

December 12, 2018—Students at Trenton High School have worked hard to prepare for the upcoming Muzikwerx show and now they’re ready to perform!event poster

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, December 13, 2018
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

This annual concert features a 5-piece band and choir performing contemporary hits by Twenty One Pilots, Foo Fighters and Post Malone as well as older classics by Queen, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.

Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for students and children 10 and under are free.

Come for the show, maybe win a door prize and leave feeling inspired!

For more information, please contact:

  • Event information: Trenton High School, 613.392.1227, [email protected]
  • Media: Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Centre Hastings SS student selected for provincial Model Parliament Program

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Sabeen Asif, Grade 12 at Centre Hastings Secondary School, has been selected as one of 124 students, to participate in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Model Parliament Program.

December 3, 2018—Congratulations to Sabeen Asif, Grade 12 at Centre Hastings Secondary School, selected to participate in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Model Parliament Program. This educational program at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is for civic-minded high school students in Grades 10 to 12, who are interested in current events and provincial issues.

Asif will be one of 124 students, representing each of the province’s ridings. They will participate in a three-day event in Toronto to meet key figures in Ontario’s Parliament, as well as learn about the parliamentary history and the legislative process through workshops and presentations.

“To be accepted as a candidate in Ontario’s Legislative Assembly is truly an honour. With innovative ideas, solutions, and a fresh new perspective of our Canadian culture, I am proud to represent my home riding of Durham and the students of Centre Hastings Secondary School for the candidacy at the Model Parliament Program. I know that I can make a significant impact that will best fit Canadians, continuing our deep-rooted traditions while also adapting to modern change. Making our future so much more optimistic,” said Asif.

Interested students were required to submit an application consisting of a 450-500 word essay outlining why they think they are a suitable candidate for the program, including examples of leadership, responsibility, maturity and teamwork; their interest in current affairs, provincial issues and government; strong interpersonal and social skills (the ability to get along well with peers and adults); and involvement in a variety of community and extra-curricular activities. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, vice-principal or guidance counsellor to support their application was also required.

Sabeen Asif will be in Toronto from February 27 – March 1, 2018, representing the riding of Durham.

Read more about the Model Parliament Program.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Centennial SS student wins science fair poster contest

November 26, 2018—Congratulations to Katarina Blind, Grade 10, Centennial Secondary School, winner of the poster contest for the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair.

Katarina was presented with her prize last week. Her design is pictured below. It will be the poster for the 2019 QRSTF scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Loyalist College.

Winners from the QRSTF are invited to the Canada-wide Science Fair which will be held in May 2019 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

student receiving award for poster contest
Congratulations to Katarina Blind, Grade 10, Centennial Secondary School, who won the poster contest for the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: An Evening of Drama, Music and Visual Art at Eastside Secondary School

November 21, 2018—Students at Eastside Secondary School are excited to showcase their learning and leadership by inviting the community to “All the World’s a Stage,” an evening of drama, music and visual art.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
TIME: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Attendees can expect to be doers or watchers at this community event:

  • Contribute to the Realm of Dreams mural, designed by senior Arts students, by painting parts of it
  • Listen to music performances
  • Watch the Improv team

Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students, $10 for families, available at the door. Bring a donation for Gleaners Food Bank for a chance to win a prize.

The mural will be on display in the Gym that evening then will be moved to another area in the school.

For information, please contact:
Lise Lindenberg, Arts Department Head, Eastside Secondary School, 613.962.8668, or [email protected]

EVENT: Parent seminar about online safety and digital well-being

November 15, 2018—A parent seminar about being safe online is being held at Queen Victoria School in Belleville.

EVENT DETAILS: Parenting in the Digital Age

DATES/TIMES: Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. or Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

Hosted by Matt Richardson, a local consultant about online safety and digital well-being, this seminar will provide parents/guardians with expert advice for safeguarding children and teens online, and for establishing healthy and respectful Internet habits.

Topics include: Tricky People, Online Safety, and Digital Well-Being. Richardson will provide practical advice for staying safe online and how to navigate the digital world in a responsible way.

This presentation is not appropriate for children under age 12.

Richardson has presented at other HPEDSB schools and is a popular facilitator with the Belleville Children’s Safety Village. His messages reflect the realities of what children and youth encounter online.

From Matt Richardson:

“Technology provides young people with new opportunities for learning and has limitless potential to have a positive impact on career prospects. It also presents a number of risks to their personal safety and emotional well-being, and can have negative impacts on their online image that can hinder their future goals. Parents will learn how to protect their children and instill healthy digital habits that will set them up for future success.”

For more information about the session, please contact:
Kevin MacLaurin, Principal, Queen Victoria School, 613.968.4547 or [email protected]

For media inquires, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170, ext. 62354 or [email protected]

Students to explore human trafficking at the Model UN Conference

November 13, 2018—The annual Model United Nations conference for secondary school students is taking place in Belleville this week.

EVENT DETAILS
TOPIC: Human Trafficking
DATE: November 14 and 15, 2018 (Wednesday and Thursday)
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (see below for the agenda)
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The event will open with a keynote address by Kaitlyn Ouimette, Victim Services, who will speak about human trafficking through a local lens, on Wednesday, November 14 from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Fifty-five students from HPEDSB secondary schools will then engage in discussions and committee work as they prepare to present, debate and develop position papers on the topic.

What is a Model UN?

The Model UN is an event where secondary school students engage with one another about world issues. The topic this year is Human Trafficking with a focus on Women and Children in Labour.

Students will represent 21 different nations and two international groups*. They’ll explore, discuss and attempt to arrive at resolutions to address the following two questions:

  1. What measures are required for the United Nations to monitor those aspects of poverty and globalization that are responsible for the endemic exploitation of labour frequently described with the terms of forced labour and modern slavery?
  2. How can the United Nations address the global economic pressures that allow for the constant exploitation and coercion of women, children, and men around the world, contrary to Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN’s Sustainable Goal 8?

Students will examine key issues from a variety of perspectives, including those that take into account economic, humanitarian, and cultural considerations.

*Nations and groups represented include: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, France, Germany, India, International Labour Organization, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam, World Trade Organization.

Agenda, Day 1

8:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

9:00 a.m. Land Acknowledgement, Opening & Welcome

9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker & Questions

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Part I: Presentation of Frameworks and Responding to Questions

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:15  p.m. Part II: Presentation of Frameworks and Responding to Questions

1:00 p.m. Follow-up Comments & Questions

1:15 p.m.  Committee Work

Agenda, Day 2

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Networking

9:00 a.m. Committee Work

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Meet in General Assembly, Preamble and Voting Procedure

10:45 a.m. Complete Committee Work

12:00 p.m. Working lunch

12:45 p.m. First Reading and Questions/Objections

1:00 p.m. Fine-tuning

1:45 p.m. Final Reading and Vote

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

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